Master Biocirce


The master BioCirce received on 12th February at the Parliament, from the President of the Italian Republic, the Italiadecide (Italy decides) prize for teaching innovation.
BioCirce is the first European Master in Bioeconomy in the Circular economy.
The price has been awarded to the initiative of  four Italian universities from North to South (University of Turin, University of Milan Bicocca, University of Bologna and University of Naples Federico II), with the support of three of the main Italian bioeconomy players (Novamont, GFBiochemicals and Science Park of Lodi) and the Italian leading banking Group Intesa Sanpaolo, which is the only financial global partner of the Ellen McArthur Foundation.
The Master’s program (level II) in Bioeconomy in the Circular Economy (Biocirce), offers an extensive training program for professionals interested in working within the bio-based goods and services industry using biological resources and bio-technological processes. The program allows the professionals to go in depth in all the aspects related to the production and marketing sides of bio-based products, whilst using the latest technology.

Students study the entire value chain of bio-based products: the production of raw materials in agricultural ecosystems in diverse climatic regions, the properties and supply logistics of biological resources, the bio-technological and industrial processes used to convert these resources into (new) bio-based products, and the marketing and consumption of final products. Studying the entire value chain for bio-based products give to professionals the opportunity to deal with the environmental, social and economic dimensions of the bio-economy from a micro and a macro level perspective, including innovation, institutions and policies.


Why Biocirce?

Biocirce graduates will excel in strategic thinking on how to find solutions to practical issues related to innovation and corporate strategy, policy and regulation, collaborative R&D models, governance and intellectual property.

Basic scientific knowledge is no longer sufficient for building a successful career in the growing bio-economy industry. This sector has a high demand for trained professionals, and the Biocirce master provides the tools and the knowledge needed to be successful in the public, private and non-profit sectors with a high grade of expertise in life science innovation.

The Biocirce program enables graduates to be more competitive and to undertake international career paths in a wide range of organizations related to the world of industrial multinational firms, small- and medium-sized enterprises, national and international public administrations, think tanks and international trade institutions.

The transferable skills in areas like communication and research will give to graduates an added value in the related job market, whatever career they decide to pursue in your future.

La Fondazione Raul Gardini (, promuove la ricerca e lo sviluppo della chimica verde e della bioeconomia, educa alla sostenibilità ambientale, e favorisce la formazione scientifica e culturale dei giovani.

La Fondazione supporta il Master BIOCIRCE dal 2020 finanziando ogni anno una borsa di studio del valore di 3000 euro in favore dello studente più meritevole che abbia concluso i primi quattro moduli di lezione.

Raul Gardini (1933-1993), industriale, pioniere e figura di riferimento per la Bioeconomia a livello mondiale.

“It is our duty to care for future generations now, and to think about what we are going to bequeath to them”

Raul Gardini


Partner Organizations

As an interdisciplinary program jointly offered by 4 Universities (University of Bologna, University of Milano-Bicocca, University of Naples Federico II, and University of Turin), and by non-academic partners (Intesa Sanpaolo, Novamont SpA, GFBiochemicals SpA, and PTP Science Park di Lodi), this MS degree program will provide skills and expertise necessary to deal with the full range of issues in this complex field.


The program welcomes students from all different backgrounds:

  • Graduate scientists who want to pursue a career outside the lab
  • Social scientists and business studies students who want to develop their interests in life science innovation
  • People already working in biotechnology related fields who wish to engage further

The master program is designed for two groups of students that are professionals with either scientific or legal/economic background.